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Saying Farewell To Summer : My Summer Of Yes To Self

There is something about the hot days and bright colors of Summer that lends itself to endless promises of fun filled days and exhausting excitement! I know, I always think of vacations, easy living, quick meals, cold treats and tons of barbecues, brunches, and outdoor events that are just beaming with happy beautiful people, just enjoying life and living in pure joy! But is that really true? It can be if you say Yes to self!

This Summer I knew I wouldn’t be able to go on an epic vacation, so I made a conscious decision to enjoy my Summer Saturdays to the fullest. Instead of lamenting about what I couldn’t do, I chose to enjoy what I could. Believe me you, it wasn’t easy to watch my friends and family traveling to and from Aruba, Greece, Sol, even China and Dubai! I made the decision to live through them instead of being ungrateful for what I have. Yes, I embarked on epic vacation like experience for myself on my Summer Saturdays!

I spent most of my Summer 17 Saturdays hitting up free music festivals, going sight seeing, and flea market treasure hunting. I treated myself to a Mary J Blige concert. Yes, two days before the show, I looked up the tickets and saw that they still had seats for the MSG show. I texted my girls and they were more than excited to go. Normally I would have talked  myself out of going. Just because it wasn’t planned in advanced, but I’m so glad that I said yes to myself!   We had a ball, all three of us work hard and take great care of our families, but we rarely do something just for ourselves. Yes, Treat Yo Self!

I knew I had already purchased my ticket to TheCurvycon being held during New York Fashion Week, so I knew I had that to look forward to as well. Yes, being in the company of so many confident, beautiful, positive, curvy women and men is intoxicating! Yes, Find Yo Tribe!

I was invited to the New Jersey Hair N Beauty Expo as a special invited guest. The initial yes was to the invite. I was excited to be in the collective of all the New Jersey naturals from my area. Then wouldn’t you know it, I was asked to be on the panel, to answer questions about my natural hair journey, and to encourage and instruct new naturalists! Yes, I said Yes! Yes, To Yo Testimony!

So the calendar says it’s the start of fall, but the temperatures have been hotter this past week, than many of the days in our so called summer. We Say Goodbye to the season, but we don’t have to say the promise. Carry the feeling of seeking joy into to Fall by saying Yes To Self!

How did you spend your Summer? Did you do things that make you happy? Did you say Yes To Self? Let me know in the comments how your plan to say yes to yourself.

Frugal Fashion Finds: Plus Sized Look For Next To Nothing

If you don’t know, shopping for stylish plus sized clothes is no easy feat. Getting great quality without spending an arm and a leg is my goal. I’d rather pay for good quality than get cheap stuff that’s s bad quality. But when I can get both! All is well with my world!

Well I guess I’m kind of putting the cart before the horse here.  I haven’t done a review of my awesome experience at Thecurvycon. Yet I’ll be sharing some of my “next nothing” frugal fashion finds, thanks to discounts I received from thecurvycon. I scored quite a few goodies on the shopping floor. This cross-over tank top was free, yes free from Fashion to Figure for buying a pair of black jeans.

Plus Size Frugal Fashion

Fashion to Figure is one of the stores that returned from last year. They are one of my favorite stores. I was more than happy to go raking through those racks, especially for a buy 1 get 1 free! The top is a size 3x and it fits very comfortably. I usually don’t like the cross-over style because it tends to expose my lower belly and that’s no Bueno! But this one hits at just the right length. It’s just my kinda of boarder line casual, but I can dress it up type of style! I’m picturing it with some knickers too. This time I rocked it with a tube skirt and some fringe sandals, with a gold chain jewelry set.

Plus Size Frugal Fashion

The skirt and the sandals are from JCPenny. Ashlely Nell Tipton ( one of the headliners) has a partnership with JCPenny and they had some stations set up to decorate complementary tees they gave out, ( there goes that cart again). On the tables were coupons to get $20 off a $20 purchase. Yeah that sounds like free! I logged in on the Fourth Of July just to see if I could get some additional savings! Ding ding ding! What a score! The skirt was originally $60 marked down to $40 and 80% off clearance for the Fourth of July. After my Curvycon discount it was free! I got a size 3x and it fits great. It’s a tube skirt but it’s not clingy, which fits my shape well. I was a little weary of the stripes but once I tried it on I was sold.

Plus Size Frugal Fashion

The sandals were originally $50 and I ended up paying $15.99! They didn’t have wide with so I ordered a size 9 just to be safe! I wear an 8 wide when I can find it. Otherwise I get a 9 for the width.  My total savings from JCPenny was a whopping $110.00! My total cost for this look was $15.99! I know the quality of these items is good and they’ll last me a few season.

Now the thing with frugal shopping is sometimes you can’t duplicate it. I did my best to find links to comparable items in style and price.

 

Plus Sized Frugal Fashion

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Top similar, Tube Skirt similar, Fringe Sandals JCPenny, Gold Chain Jewlery Set.

Do you love finding great quality clothes at exceptional prices? Where is your favorite place to find them? Drop us a line and let us know where you score! For now happy hunting!

Full Beauty & Style- Full Figured Fashion Week & The Curvycon

 

This week I had the pleasure of being in the same space as some of the innovator’s, creators, and leaders of the #Full Beauty / Curve movement. I started my week off with the Official Welcome Party Luau given by Ms. Gwen Devoe creator of Full Figured Fashion Week.image
imageThere I met the likes of Ms. Sharon Quinn of “Model Behavior” she was the coach for #FFFWeek2015 hosted by “#FitforMe” Fruit of the Loom.
I live in central Jersey and I usually drive to NYC, but this week I decided that it would be more economical for me to just take public transportation, and plus it was raining and I hate driving in the rain. I do not do the Subway, but to get to this event in Midtown I had to go underground! I was very proud of myself, I took the New York bus to the Port Authority ( I’m not going to mention that the highway was flooded and the driver kept going as if it was nothing, oh I just mentioned it), I followed the signage to the subway and hopped the E train and in 5 stops I was there!imageimage

“Sometimes Our Destiny Is Closer Than We Think”.image

The party was amazing all of the guests were beautiful and the Food was off the chain! A Fat Girl party with great food great music and lots of dancing! imageHow could this not be the grandest party ever! Although I was a newbie, to say all the models and staff were very welcoming and accommodating would be an understatement. It was a great event!image I also met some of my favorite fashion Bloggers such as #Mariedenee of The Curvy Fashionista, Farah from #Estrellas Fashion Report, I had the pleasure of meeting some of the FullBeauty.com team ( they were formerly one stop plus) and a host of other inspiring and enlightening people. Although their exposure to me was quick I pray it was lasting !imageimage

If you are going to a Luau this summer or just want to sport the trend here are some inspiring looks:image

 

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Day 2 for me was the #FFFWEEKBUSINESSPANEL meeting. I almost skipped this event because my youngest son was graduating to middle school and my second oldest was graduation from High School on Wednesday and Thursday and I needed to get things together for them, but as I prayed and contemplated my choices, my spirit spoke to me and told me I needed to be in the mist of this and it would be good for me.

This was a rather intimate (about 25 people) setting in a beautiful Midtown space with a panel of some of today’s sharpest and brightest innovators. They gave tips and insight on ways to effectively navigate today’s business climate. We discussed everything from Social Media Marketing and strategy  building, to trademarking and licensing, branding, and even the usefulness of addressing negative comments and how to use it as a tool to promote positive responses to negativity.

Not only was the #businesspanel on point but the attendees were a wealth of invaluable information. Having so many different people from so many different levels of success all with the same goal to advance and help others was so powerful!

Day 3 was the White Party: # CURVESATSEA although I had one of the coveted tickets, I had to forgo this one. imageknow, I know, I was not happy at all. I was watching all the beauties from the comfort of my bed! Thank God for #socialmedia I was able to still feel the energy and live vicariously through my fellow #curvygirls . My little one graduated that day and my bigger son was graduating the next day, so for the better peace in my heart, head and my boys I sat this one out. But there will always be next year!

For some White Party inspiration – Yes Curvy Girls wear white! :image

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As my real life called me back to work and family for the next 2 days, again I had to depend on the vision and sharing of my fellow Full Body Beauty Bloggers. I was checking the hashtags and clicking the links to see all that I could.

Here are some of my favorite looks shared by others:

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And as they say “The Icing on the Cake” (yes a food reference) on Saturday I had the pleasure of attending #THECURVYCON! image

 

imageimageimageThis was the first time I have ever had been to such an event. For my fellow nerds we go to all kinds of conferences. So the whole idea was not foreign, but to actually have a full conference filled with brands, bloggers, vendors, celebrities, and members of the plus sized community all gathered for the purpose of expanding celebrating and uplifting Full Figured Beauty & Style was amazing! imageimageThe topics ranged from looking good at any size, dating, healthy curves, and over all body acceptance. The Key note speaker was none other than the Cute and Curvy Amber Riley.imageShe talked about how she didn’t know she was “fat” until she started acting. She said she would kill the audition and then not get the job. It took her managers to tell her that the powers that be felt she was too heavy for the roll. Now I’m short and she couldn’t be any taller than 5’ and she’s a size 8. So in real life she is very tiny, but in Hollywood not so much. She said something that so touched my heart. She quoted scripture “We are fearfully and wonderfully made” then she added “When you know God nothing can stop you”. I needed that #msamberpriley.
imageBeing fashionable or being fat is not new to me. Being a blogger is, at #thecurvycon I was able to meet some of my peers. I’d say the most impressionable to me were Grown and Curvy , and Ciaa of My Curves and CuI’s. They both took time to talk to me and give me some encouragement and direction. To me that is the sign of a great blogger. image

 

 

 

 

 

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My intention as a blogger is to encourage and enlighten and I can see they are like me in this pursuit. I’ve  always been comfortable with myself at every size up and down, but I never thought I could share the same space with those who others see as leading authority on fashion and beauty. It was a real joy to experience all of this. I am so grateful to God for all that He has done for me! The seeds He plants in my heart never cease to amaze me. I know this post is about my week at #FFFWEEK experienceing the #Fullbeautystyle of some beautiful ladies, but we can’t leave God out. He makes it all happen!

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With Love See Ya Phatty!